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CONNECTIVITY
Sulston et al. 1980
 

IN WB [L], [R]

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CELL TYPE LINEAGE LOCATION NEUROTRANSMITTER ASSOCIATED GLIA

PCAL

 

PCAR

Sensory- motor neuron

 

Y.plppd

 

Y.prppd

Cloacal ganglia(L)

 

Cloacal ganglia(R)

Unknown

 

PCsoL,PCshL, PChL

 

PCsoR,PCshR, PChR

DESCRIPTION

One of 3 bilateral pairs of male-specific sensory neurons (PCAL/R, PCBL/R, PCCL/R) that innervate the left and right post-cloacal sensilla (P.C.S.) in the male tail (Sulston et al., 1980). These neurons also have outputs onto the gubernacular erector (gec) and the oblique (aob, pob) muscle arms (see Male Wiring Project) and so may have motor as well as sensory function. PCAL/R have a short striated rootlet and a basal body (Sulston et al., 1980).

See Glial Table for view of P.C.S. organization.

Function: The P.C.S. functions redundantly with the hook in several steps of male mating behavior: locating the vulva, promoting backing over the vulval region and inducing spicule prodding behavior (PCBL/R and PCCL/R) which is used to precisely locate the vulval opening (Liu and Sternberg, 1995; Garcia et al., 2001; see "Mating Movie" in MALE HANDBOOK-INTRODUCTION to view spicule prodding behavior).

Receptor expression: Unknown

 



 

Male Wiring Project

For Male Wiring Project details see "Connectivity" link in Emmons lab website.